Jul
12

Yanks considering Sexson

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You knew this one was coming: The Yanks are having internal discussion on whether or not to pursue Richie Sexson, reports Tyler Kepner. Sexson was recently released by the Mariners because of his .218/.315/.381 season line, but on the Yankees, that would make him a number six hitter. (And, yes, I know he’s hit lefties well this season, but we’re talking 61 ABs. That’s hardly an appropriate sample size.)

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  1. Jamal G. says:

    I have no problem with it if he is signed for the pro-rated minimum of $200K. Are the fifty or so At-Bats he will get to prove himself really going to make or break this season? No, so let’s see if we can bring Sexy back (I had to).

  2. Mike A. says:

    Why not. If he sucks, they’ll cut him. Nothing to lose.

  3. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    What’s an appropriate sample size? 100 AB’s? 200 AB’s?

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

        If he would have been with the Yanks from the get go, he probably would have 200 AB against lefties. Every team has thrown every lefthander they have at the Yanks.

      • Steve says:

        I agree, and his career numbers against lefties are not quite as good as this year. Career .265 hitter vs lefties. Also usually bats about 40 points higher in the second half than in the first half.

        There could be a lot of outs in that bat if he is to revert to his career averages vs lefties, but beggers cant be choosers. Give him a shot, and an extended one. We’re getting killed against lefties all year.

        http://www.baseball-reference......ri01.shtml

  4. Jamal G. says:

    Mike, sorry to drag DotF here but what does it mean exactly when “a prospect is picking up helium”? I’ve always thought it meant that the player is playing above his ceiling.

  5. E-ROC says:

    Maybe the Yanks will catch lightning in the bottle with Sexson.

  6. mike says:

    who cares what it costs – whether they spend more or less is not going to impact our ticket prices – if they let Sexon go to another team it would be silly for a few hundred K.

    Just look at the lineup today, and while Sexy is a long way from being what he was a few years ago, let him get a bunch of AB’s between Giambi and Posada/Cano and see what he can do.

    I wish he could play the outfield, but its a super low-risk / plus-reward, if even just to keep Bettemitt off the field as a 1B/RH hitting option, and to keep Posada from whining

  7. monkeypants says:

    Sexson, if he can keep hitting LHP, makes a perfect platoon option with Betemit, either off the bench or a an occasional fill-in at DH or the field. Unfortunately, I worry that Girardi would continue to bench Giambi against LHP, which means that Sexson would be in effect replace Giambi whenever he plays, and that’s just not good for a team that needs to score more runs.

    Again, if used properly, a Sexson can be an asset. But I have no faith in Girardi’s use of position players to platoon/PH (see Moeller, Chad as a case in point).

  8. daneptizl says:

    Would you sign Bonds?

  9. ChrisS says:

    considering there’s three players that have absolutely no business being on the 25-man roster at this point because thy’re not used, there’s room for Sexson. However, that said, he’s not going to solve the impending crisis that the Yankees have in the OF.

    • cult of basebaal says:

      impending crisis? it’s a crisis *right* now, hacky mcheadfirstslide couldn’t hit water if he fall off a boat in the middle of the pacific. he’s been legitimately awful. like go over to RLYW and check out the CF rankings, he’s -11 pBRAA. he’s a black fucking hole.

  10. E-ROC says:

    For what its worth, Sexson hit WAY better on the road than at home. He might just need a change of scenery to get him going again.

  11. RustyJohn says:

    Having watched Sexson every night (that sounds a bit lewd), I can tell you that overall he is a horrible hitter- they tinkered with his stance and it took away a lot of his power by doing so. That being said, given everyone on the DL and the fact that there is one true firstbaseman on this team (I don’t consider Jorge/Betemit quality backups) and those same backups as our DH, there is no harm in trying it out.

    The situation in Seattle was a joke- Bavasi had everyone sit in front of their lockers after one game like school children- Sexson rightly told him to essentially f-off and left. They ended up releasing him because of “bad body language”. If I was one of two players with double digit homeruns on a sorry shit sack team and was benched for the wonder power that is Jose Vidro (who hits CLEAN UP in Seattle under the theory that his .211 batting average “protects” Ibanez- I swear, I am not making this up), my body language would be pretty shitty too.

    Plus, if there’s a brawl you get a 6ft 8 guy who likes to throw his batting helmet at people.

  12. Adrian-Retire21 says:

    Why is it people don’t care how many Ponsons you have risk a game.But Sexson is a risky move.

  13. Stryker says:

    i say no. right now there is a ridiculous log jam depth chart wise as far 1B, LF and DH go. pursuing sexson just adds to that and makes it worse.

    1B:
    Giambi
    Betemit
    Posada
    (Sexson)

    DH:
    Giambi
    Matsui
    Damon
    Posada
    (Sexson)

    LF:
    Damon
    Gardner
    Matsui

    i believe once damon and/or matsui come back christian is the first to get sent down, with gardner to follow – but it’s still crazy.

  14. Lanny says:

    He’d instantly be the best guy on the bench.

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  16. BillyBall says:

    Great move with minimal risk. Sexson brings a above avg glove at 1st base which the Yankees haven’t had since Tino Martinez left. He has decent numbers against lefty pitchers and will be a good platoon option. Sexson is added and Christian is demoted. Posada is not the 1st base platoon with Gaimbi and this puts him back behind the plate platooning with Molina. If Posada cannot handle the running games we DL him and tell him to go get the surgery. Melky and Gardner platoon in CF when Damon returns. Damon returns and Moeller is demoted or optioned. When Matsui returns you than decide if Betemit is worthy of a bench spot or trade him to keep Gardner on the team. This gives us a bench of Sexson, Gardner, and Molina until they demote a pitcher to create another spot.

  17. BillyBall says:

    I was a proponent of getting Sexson a month ago and this is a no lose situation!

  18. Joseph M says:

    Let’s stop all this nonsense, if the Yankees can aquire a quality major league player get him, why are we going through the garbage of other teams. Ponson, Sexson, Milton, this is the solution to what exactly? It’s 1982 all over again.

    If quality players can’t be aquired, play the hand that’s dealt, let’ take a look at some the kids, pray we can get one more great season out of Mo, and rebuild in the fall.

    One more thing, get Cashman the hell out of here.

    I hate to say this but we need the tornado force of the old George to get things going around here.

    • Cy Farnsworth says:

      Yeah, because the tornado force of old George has done us so good in the past…and the blustering of little Hank has been so productive this year…

      The Yankees have never been successful without listening to the baseball people. Give the situation a little perspective, Cashman’s never missed the playoffs. He’s rebuilt the team while keeping it successful (though clearly not as much so as we’d all like.) No need for a crazy reactionary move because we find ourselves 6 games out at the All-Star break.

  19. Cy Farnsworth says:

    As for Sexson, I say why not? Stryker’s right that there would be a logjam of sorts, but too much depth has never hurt any team. Plus, if Sexson was brought in it would probably free up Cashman to move Wilson Betemit for something (though Betemit would of course have to start hitting before that became possible.)

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